Livelihoods Manager: Living Wage

Livelihoods Manager: Living Wage

Rainforest Alliance

Multiple Locations

The Livelihoods Manager: Living Wage is a global position, working with head office colleagues to support our regional teams to realize impact. The position will play a pivotal role of ensuring our impact area “People have improved economic wellbeing" becomes a reality. As a member of the Livelihoods and Human Rights team, the Livelihoods Manager: Living Wage will lead Rainforest Alliance’s living wage work in the context of our certification and landscape programs offerings.


  • Provide strategic guidance and oversight on living wage initiatives, including monitoring of deliverables, being first point of contact, managing relevant relationships and partnerships.
  • Provide technical expertise and analysis on living wage issues to better inform our certification and landscape programs offerings.
  • Gather, manage, and share knowledge, information and resources on living wage with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work with team members within Livelihoods and Human Rights in developing the thematic vision and objectives in harmony with other departments.
  • Support the implementation of the Rainforest Alliance certification program, related tools, and guidance.
  • Provide ad hoc support to the work of the Livelihood team as required.

As a specialist working alongside others in RA, the holder of the position of Livelihoods Manager - Living Wage is expected to:

  • Prioritize strategically and keep an agile approach; ensuring templates, white papers and example proposals are available to source from.
  • Oversee RA’s interest, rather than from their programmatic expertise area only; thus, work as an integrated team so that programs and projects are strengthened through deep and current subject knowledge and inclusion of all subjects appropriate to the opportunity and purpose.
  • Ensure seamless, effective, and service oriented processes for collaboration cross-functionally.
  • Collaborate closely with other departments to achieve integrated Standards & Frameworks and Thriving Landscape offerings and support account management.
  • Ensure clear RACIs are in place and respected; and Go-No-Go and Where-We-Work protocols are respected and implemented.
  • Ensure organization wide learning on the programmatic expertise areas is effective.


  • First degree in Economics, Business, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or related studies, and master’s degree in Agricultural Economics or MBA.
  • Minimum 5 years professional (and field) experience in agricultural economics related work, preferably with experience in the global south.
  • Well-informed on the current discourse, partnerships and program initiatives on matters Living Wage and livelihoods.
  • Experience in supply chain economics in the context of voluntary certification and landscape programming.
  • Experience in the sustainable production of at least one of Rainforest Alliance focus crops (cocoa, coffee, tea, banana) would be preferable.
  • Experience in fundraising, including the design of complex proposals and projects, with bilateral or multilateral donor agencies and company partnerships.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written. Additional languages in particular Spanish and/or French are an asset.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time.

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